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A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved—I do not expect the house to fall—but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other. — Abraham Lincoln
History has a funny way of circling back on itself.
The facts, figures, faces and technology may change from era to era, but the dangers remain the same.
This year is no different, whatever the politicians and talking heads may say to the contrary.
Sure, there’s a new guy in charge, but for the most part, we’re still recycling the same news stories that have kept us with one eye warily glued to the news for the past 100-odd years: War. Corruption. Brutality. Economic instability. Partisan politics. Militarism. Disease. Hunger. Greed. Violence. Poverty. Ignorance. Hatred.
The more things change, the more they stay the ...
Liberals (i.e, leftists, progressives, etc.) went on the rampage against me yesterday on Twitter. The reason? I posted a photo I took while hiking at Manassas National Battlefield Park. The photo was of a plaque commemorating Stonewall Jackson’s stand at the Battle of First Manassas, where Confederate troops sent Northern forces and Washington, D.C., socialites scurrying back to Washington in fear and humiliation. Nearby the plaque is a huge statue of Stonewall Jackson.
Well, you would have thought that I had committed the biggest mortal sin ever, at least in the eyes of the left. Of course, I wasn’t too surprised. For some time now, the left has been absolutely obsessed with getting all Civil War statues of Confederate heroes removed and destroyed, including those in publicly owned Civil War battlefield parks where Confederate forces prevailed over Northern forces, such as at the Battle of First Manassas.
Let me make ...
As the Pentagon and the CIA proceed apace with their withdrawal from their forever war in Afghanistan, the temptation would be to justify this forever war by pointing to the 9/11 attacks. For interventionists, including those who are now acknowledging that the forever wars in Afghanistan and Iraq were “mistakes,” history begins with the 9/11 attacks.
Not so! That’s because pre-9/11 interventionism is what brought about the 9/11 attacks, which were then used as the excuse for more interventionism in the form of the invasions and forever wars in both Afghanistan and Iraq.
From the late 1940s, the Pentagon, the CIA, and the NSA were convinced that the Cold War against the Soviet Union and “godless communism” would go on forever, which would, of course, guarantee ever-increasing budgets for these national-security state entities.
In fact, the only real threat to this Cold War racket was President Kennedy, who, in his famous Peace Speech at American University, declared ...